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Vendakka (Ladies finger) Aviyal | Okra with coconuts and curd

Ladies finger (Okra) is usually prepared as poriyal, pachadi or roasts. Today we are going to see how to prepare aviyal with ladies finger. When it comes to side dish for our lunch, aviyal is a great side dish which can be prepared easily.



Ladies finger is a wonderful source of vitamins and other nutrients that must be included frequently in our regular diet. My Grandma taught me this Ladies finger aviyal. For mixed vegetables aviyal and aviyal with any other vegetables, we won't add onions and no sauteing is required. But for this Ladies finger aviyal we have to add thinly sliced onions and saute both the onions and ladies finger in the coconut oil before cooking them. For the ground coconut paste we have to add both the red chillies and green chillies. This aviyal is a good combination for sambar, pulikuzhambu  and karakuzhambu. Once you have finished sauteing the ladies fingers, it doesn't take long to cook and you can finish the dish within 15 minutes.
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Vendakka (Ladies finger) Aviyal | Okra with coconuts and curd


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Ladies finger (Okra)  aviyal is a good combination for sambar, pulikuzhambu  and karakuzhambu. 

Prep time : 10 minutes
Cook time : 15 minutes
Serves : 3
Category : side dish
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan

Ingredients
  • 10 to 15 ladies finger/okra
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup thick curd
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp urid dal
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt to taste
For coconut paste
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated coconuts
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 or 2 dried red chilly ( light red in colour)
Cooking Directions
  1. Wash the ladies finger/okra in running water for 2 to 3 times. Drain well. Spread them in a towel for 10 minutes.
  2. Cut the crown and the ends. Slit the ladies finger/okra lengthwise and then into 1 inch pieces. Slice the onions.
  3. Heat 1.5 tbsp coconut oil in a broad kadai and add the sliced onions and ladies finger/okra.
  4. You need to saute it well for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Next, add 1/2 cup of water and cook on medium heat for 7 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, grind the coconut, small onions, green chillies, red chillies, garlic cloves and cumins with 2 tbsp water.
  7. When the ladies fingers/okras are cooked well add the ground coconut paste, turmeric powder and required salt.
  8. Mix them well and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. When the raw smell of the cumins goes off add the curd and cook for a few more minutes.
  10. Add 10 fresh curry leaves and turn off the heat. Heat 1/2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan and add the mustard and urid dal. When the urid dal turns golden brown, add it to aviyal and mix them well.

Vendakka (Ladies finger) Aviyal | Okra with coconuts and curd with step by step photos


Slit the ladies finger/okra lengthwise and then into 1 inch pieces. Slice the onions. 

Heat 1.5 tbsp coconut oil in a broad kadai and add the sliced onions.


 After few seconds, add the ladies finger and saute it well for 5 to 7 minutes. 


Next add 1/2 cup of water and cook on medium heat for 7 minutes.


In the meantime, grind the coconut, small onions, green chillies, red chillies, garlic cloves and cumins with 2 tbsp water.



When the ladies fingers/okras are cooked well add the ground coconut paste, turmeric powder and required salt.


Mix them well and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.


When the raw smell of the cumins goes off add the curd and cook for a few more minutes.


Add 10 fresh curry leaves and turn off the heat. Heat 1/2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan and add the mustard and urid dal. When the urid dal turns golden brown add it to aviyal and mix them well.


Quick and yummy Ladies finger (Okra) aviyal is ready to serve. If you try this recipe for Ladies finger(Okra) aviyal leave your comments below and share the recipe for your friends and family.

Click here to view the recipe in Tamil Vendakka Aviyal (வெண்டைக்காய் அவியல் தமிழில்)

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